Sony Launches Xperia A4 In Japan
Today, Sony launched Sony Xperia A4 in Japan via Japanese carrier NTT Docomo. Previously Sony has launched Xperia Z4 as a Japan only smartphone, which is a slightly improved version of Z3. Now it seems Sony is releasing another Japanese only smartphone in the form of Xperia A4.
Unlike the Xperia Z4, the Xperia A4 appears to be a mid-range device. It will feature a 4.6-inch HD display, 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, 2600 mAh battery, and support for microSD cards up to 128 GB in the event that the user wants to add more memory. Xperia A4 will also features a 20.7 MP Exmor R camera on the back and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera. It is also dust and water resistance and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sony's own UI.
The new device sports a model number SO-04G, which fuels speculation that it may be the future global Xperia Z4 Compact. Previously Sony has launched Xperia A2 with model number SO-04F as Xperia Z3 Compact, so it is not entirely out of the question. Additionally, the carrier's site lists the Z4 and A4 models side by side, giving more credibility to the suspicion.
The Sony Xperia A4 is available now for pre-order and will start shipping in mid-June. We will wait and see if Sony will release it for international market or simply keep it as Japanese only.
Specs for Xperia A4
|Display||4.6-inch 720p display|
|Processor||2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC|
|RAM||2 GB RAM|
|Storage||16 GB internal memory, microSD slot up to 128 GB|
|Camera||20.7 MP camera at the back and 2.2 MP front facing camera|
|Network||LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with APT-X, GPS/GLONASS, MHL, NFC|
|Dimensions||128 mm x 66 mm x 9.1 mm|
|Colors||Grey, Pink, Blue and White|
|Other||IPX5/8 dust and IP6X water resistance|